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Berkeley Group welcomes 63 apprentices in partnership with Ixion

Berkeley Group has completed the recruitment of 63 apprentices onto a new apprenticeship in partnership with Ixion, part of Shaw Trust, and Farnborough College.

A group photo of construction apprentices

“The built environment sector has a vital role to play in driving the recovery from Covid-19, the transition to net zero and tackling the housing crisis. But to achieve all this we have to address the skills and recruitment challenges that constrain our vital work.”

– Rob Perrins, Berkeley Group Chief Executive.

About the programme

The new Construction Site Management Apprenticeship aims to equip learners with the latest construction management practices, modern methods of construction and digital working.

Upon completion, most new recruits will achieve a Level 4 Construction Site Supervisor Apprenticeship, with some working towards a Level 3 or Level 6 qualification.

The recruitment comes as Berkeley Group looks to grow its operations and tackle the construction industry’s skills challenges.

Working in partnership

Jacqueline Oughton, Managing Director of Ixion and Shaw Trust Education, Learning and Skills, said: “Ixion, part of the Shaw Trust, are delighted to be working in partnership supporting the Berkeley Group in their growth and succession planning. The collaborative work undertaken to create this bespoke programme for the Berkeley Group aligns to the Group’s goal to equip their people with the skills they need now, and for the future – enhancing social mobility.”

Rob Perrins, Berkeley Group Chief Executive said: “The built environment sector has a vital role to play in driving the recovery from Covid-19, the transition to net zero and tackling the housing crisis. But to achieve all this we have to address the skills and recruitment challenges that constrain our vital work.

“The industry has to take the lead on this, which is why Berkeley is continuing to expand its Future Skills programmes, including this new intake of 63 aspiring Apprentice Site Managers. Congratulations to all of our new recruits on joining our fantastic industry.”

Please note: this video is from an external source and does not include subtitles.

Rebecca, Site Management Apprentice at Beaufort Park, said: “I’m just really excited to be getting started. I wanted a career, not just a job. I don’t think this is an industry that women traditionally thought about, but there is a really inspiring female manager on my site who has shown me it’s for everyone.”

Off the job learning, which represents at least 20% of apprentices’ working hours, includes classroom-based sessions, online learning, work shadowing professionals on other sites and curriculum linked project work.

Structured on the job training is delivered by Berkeley’s expert site teams with support from mentors and a network of in-house Future Skills and Training Managers.

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